7.25 - 2nd November 1975

"Clanger...Clanger, that rings a bell"

"So I believe my Lord"


24 min        Colour
 

The Stars

Jack Douglas
Kenneth Connor
Joan Sims
Peter Butterworth
David Lodge
Sherrie Hewson
Norman Chappell
Marrianne Stone
John Carlin
Melvyn Hayes
Michael Nightingale

Lord Peter Flimsy
Punter
Mrs MacFlute
Admiral Clanger
Inspector Bungler
Nurse Milly Teasel
Potter
Madam Petra
Major Merridick
Charwallah Charlie
Colonel Postwick

The Crew

Screenplay
Producer
Director

Dave Freeman
Gerald Thomas
Alan Tarrant

 

Synopsis

 

Perhaps the writer, Dave Freeman’s, best foray into the Carry On milieu, using some wonderfully appalling jokes which are delivered with straight-faced sincerity by the crime-busting duo (Jack Douglas and Kenneth Connor).

Lord Peter Flimsy and Punter, his sidekick, encounter a world of unusual clues, vicars and tea, mad murderers and peeking through keyholes. As you may have guessed, this is a comic take on the 1920’s world of Lord Peter Whimsy, mickey-taking everything from Sherlock Holmes to Agatha Christie. The characters that the Carry Oners play are stock Carry On performances but the dialogue is banal.

Jack and Kenneth play the main characters brilliantly, allowing the other characters played by Barbara, Joan and Peter Butterworth to bounce innuendo and smut around with great aplomb.

There is a good historical atmosphere about the mist-swirled streets of London and the posh country manors in this trilogy of tales (The Case Of The Screaming Winkles, The Case of the Coughing Parrot, and The Nine Old Cobblers)

Peter Butterworth resurrects his old sea-dog character from ‘Girls’, playing off against the bimbo created by Sherrie Hewson. Dave Freeman’s obsession with childish innuendo is well satisfied while a clutch of cleverly worked out riddles and clues are enjoyably bad.


 


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